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Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI Models Earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/03/14 -- The all-new, seventh-generation Golf and Golf GTI models, when equipped with optional forward collision warning, have earned the coveted 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

These vehicles offer a combination of both passive and active systems and have been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations. The cars feature a number of electronic and mechanical Driver Assistance systems, including the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage. All Golf and Golf GTI models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags. The SE and SEL models are also available with a Driver Assistance Package that includes Forward Collision Warning and front and rear Park Distance Control systems.

"To have IIHS recognize both the Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI as a TOP SAFETY PICK+ is a great statement for the brand," said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "The seventh-generation Golf and GTI models are the ideal combination of Volkswagen design, performance, innovative safety and world-class engineering."

The Golf GTI hit dealer showrooms over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the Golf market introduction is set for August. The Golf GTI and Golf models offer room for five full-size passengers and more cargo capacity than any midsize sedan. With more standard content and technology, increased power and improved fuel efficiency, the all-new Golf and Golf GTI are sure to exceed customer expectations. Adding the TOP SAFETY PICK+ will further distinguish the Golf GTI and Golf in their class.

In order to qualify as a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must earn a "good" rating in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a "good" or "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test. To qualify for 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must meet the TOP SAFETY PICK criteria, plus earn a "basic," "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA), is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers.

This press release and images of the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews: #VWTDI, #VWThinkBlue.

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